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#21 sourpunch

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Posted 10 September 2006 - 09:53 PM

this taz thing is sooo fustrating! i swear i went through an initial breakout 2 weeks ago, and now ANOTHER initial breakout!!! lately ive been getting more cystic types too--and in places where i dont normally get cysts (ie my forehead). urggghhhh!!!!!

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Posted 10 September 2006 - 10:11 PM

worked pretty well for me. as you can see, its a mixed review. Just try it out and after a couple months if nothing is better then its not for you.

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Posted 20 November 2006 - 11:59 AM

I just started using this med a week ago and I can tell the difference already. I have cystic acne and its improving already. My derm told me to only put it on for 15 minutes at night and then wash off. Immediately after I put on a lot of Cera Ve lotion (OTC). I can tell the clarity of my skin is improving as well. We'll see how it progresses...

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Posted 27 November 2006 - 11:31 PM

I have used it on and off, both in a low and less low dose. My derm says to put it on every other day. I have damn oily skin and this caused some dryness, slight peeling - but no chemical peel-like issues. Just don't overuse - the dryness takes a bit to develop so don't be fooled.

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Posted 28 November 2006 - 07:31 AM

Hi everyone,
I have been using taz .1% for almost 3 months after using ram.04% and differin prior to that. Both the differin and RAM worked but not well enough. At this point using the Taz has been really frustrating for me. Right now my skin has a lot of little bumps and redness. Prior to this I had mild to moderate acne with very oily skin and clogged pores. I have also added mandellic acid for peely skin but i recently stopped because i think it's too irritating. anyway, has anyone taken longer then 3 months to be clear? I'm not sure if I should just give it up or give it longer. I was fairly clear previously, so this new break out is frustrating-i'm still getting surfacing of clogged pores. It's so great to be able to read other people's experiences-it helps to not feel so alone! I hope everyone is having a good day!
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Posted 28 November 2006 - 11:32 AM

I just started Taz last night. I think that from reading these posts I have developed some false symptoms;) Sympathy pains? Hehe. After years of Differin and Retin A (used after a BP cleanser which I found on this board will cancel out the retinoid). I waited 30 minutes to apply. I felt a bit of tightness about 1 hour after applying. I also felt that my nasal passages were dry. This morning my pores looked smaller-tighter...? I always have some sebum in there...always. It was still there. I am hoping that it all clears out. I washed with Cetaphil this AM and noticed the drying peeling skin. I was using the Cetaphil cleanser as a lotion, but this morning I pulled out my C&C SA combo lotion and used that. I am not sure about using the SA in the AM after a night of Taz. I wonder if it's too much.

The Dr. wouldn't give me the meds I researched. I wanted Spiro, Taz, Clindamycin and Yasmin. She said she didn't feel comfy giving me all of those and the Spiro would build up potassium. So left with Yas and Taz .1%. wink.gif I'll stick with this until the Derm appointment in February. That should give my skin plenty of time to do it's thing. If not then I hope the Derm will skip the Spiro and we can just do a course of Tane. If of course my body is ready for it.

So Day 1: Slight tightening, slight drying of nostrils and slightly more peeling than on Retin A Micro .1%.

Also experimenting with Aleve. Starting soon.



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Posted 28 November 2006 - 02:21 PM

Initially my skin was improving slightly with this product but now, after 2 full weeks... its just getting worse. so frustrating. My skin is really flaky too and its hard to even wear makeup without it looking horrible after an hour or two!! My derm also gave me these Nicomide supplements... anyone in here used those?

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Posted 29 November 2006 - 07:36 AM

I haven't tried to nicomide but have been on tazorac a while-generally your skin will worsen when beginning in retinoid. I've had tons of small bumps pop up, where as before it wasn't bad at all. It does get better-just be really gentle with your skin. I made the mistake of trying to exfoliate every night, which made my skin much worse. I've stopped doing that and it's much better. For more information-definantly check out prescription retinoid forum. Good luck!
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apply RAM .04% to nose and chin only


Once weekly, wash with Jan Marini Clean Enzyme face wash


skin status: more eventoned with a few small bumps

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Posted 29 November 2006 - 08:28 AM

I love it, I use the .1 percent gel after I went off of accutane, and it is like an exfoliator

It super speeds up the shedding of your skin, then in the morning you just rub it off with warm water and

moisturize

People that had a burning sensation..........Did you moisturize BEFORE you put it on?

I looked on the website and that's what it had on the directions, before I put it on with nothing else and it

made my skin all itchy and red so I stopped..........try it with moisturizer before applying it wink.gif

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Posted 03 December 2006 - 05:53 AM

I actually read that tazorac does cause depression in some people. I think it has something with supressing a gland in the brain that produces enzymes that catalyze the reactions needed to block uptake of seratonin in the brain. Drinking a large glass of ice cold water right before applying, though, causes blood to flow to th brain and negate this effect. drink a glass of cold water before applying and u should be fine. : )

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Posted 03 December 2006 - 06:55 PM

One week on the TAZ and I swear it working!!! I think that cutting off the BP and using only Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser is helping things. I did start taking the Aleve nightly. I can't wait to see my face next week (after the cycle). I am TERRIFIED of taking the BC (Yasmin) and have it hormonally mess my face up.

Today I used the SA cleanser mid-day to scrub my face a bit. And my forehead looked VERY GOOD! The skin tightened up and the only pores that stood out were the troubled ones...instead of every single pore! I was able to target the trouble ones with the extractor and everything came out with ease! Maybe I have been too harsh with my skin over the years. SA, BP, AB, RA, DIFFERIN, GA...all used randomly (except the AB=tetracycline).

I am worried about adding in the YASMIN. I may wait a month and start it in January just to give the taz some time to work. But if the Yasmin acts ONLY like the Spiro portion of it I wanted, then great! But I am not ready for it.

Think I should just go for it? Or wait out the month since the Taz seems to be doing a good job?



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Posted 06 December 2006 - 08:37 PM

I was on tazorac for 2 or 3 years, using it with a toner w/ salicylic acid, helped me somewhat, but never really cleared me up completely. Would be clear for a long time and then break out horribly. Since switching to DKR and BP there's been a drastic change for the better.

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Posted 10 December 2006 - 01:19 AM

i used everything..tazorac is the only thing that works..but everytime im almost clear is when my tazorac runs out
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Posted 10 December 2006 - 02:40 AM

QUOTE(GoldPeakTea @ Dec 3 2006, 06:53 AM) View Post
I actually read that tazorac does cause depression in some people. I think it has something with supressing a gland in the brain that produces enzymes that catalyze the reactions needed to block uptake of seratonin in the brain. Drinking a large glass of ice cold water right before applying, though, causes blood to flow to th brain and negate this effect. drink a glass of cold water before applying and u should be fine. : )



That doesn't make sense at all. Drinking a large glass of water will cure your depression from Tazorac?

I like to see some scientific papers on this.

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Posted 11 December 2006 - 06:38 PM

2 weeks on Taz: My skin is breaking out about the same as usual for the hormonal acne portion of this month. The Aleve did seem to work for PMS breakouts but I breakout during and it didn't help for that. Dropping the Aleve.

Still dry and flaky, but I am used to that. I have added the SA back into the routine during showers. But still use the Cetaphil wash at night. I also stopped using the Cetaphil lotion and use the SA lotion after washing in the AM.

Time...more time. I dream of the same smooth skin that I have heard others speak of on these board.


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Posted 19 December 2006 - 12:08 PM


Moved to Prescription Retinoids subforum.
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Posted 20 December 2006 - 09:31 AM

Hi all, I just wanted to share my personal experience with Tazorac...I started with just plain retin-A .01% to get used to the retinoid, and then started Tazorac .1%. I cannot tell you how much I love it. it has not only cleared up my face, it's fading my scars as well as making me look younger overall. I use the tazorac at night and then a thin film of Benziq over problem areas. Now if I could only get a product to work as well on my back!

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Posted 20 December 2006 - 10:21 AM

HI Bride2be, How long have you been using taz? Do you still break out? Glad it works so well for you-I like it pretty well but I'm hoping it will work even better as time progresses.
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Wash with Spectro jel
Apply finacea
Apply Benzaclin if needed
apply RAM .04% to nose and chin only


Once weekly, wash with Jan Marini Clean Enzyme face wash


skin status: more eventoned with a few small bumps

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Posted 20 December 2006 - 03:09 PM

Hi QueenG. I've actually been using Tazorac .1 cream for 6 weeks. Prior to that, like i said, I used tretionoin cream in the lowest possible strength. I used that for 3 months. Prior to that I tried all the topicals- alone, in combo, you name it. And YES, i not only broke out WORSE when I first started the Tazorac, to this day I still peel around my mouth and nose. However- it's hard to argue with the results. No break-outs other than the occasional rogue PMS spot, and for those I use Benziq. For face wash, I use a Chanel gel-cream that was recommended by a derm; however I have also found Cera Ve cleanser to be equally effective and ALOT cheaper. The key with the Taz is to keep your skin moist and protected- I use an Yves St. Laurent cream, but once again, have found the Cera Ve cream to be almost as good. They are both rich and moisturizing but not greasy. I also take fish oil supplement and lots of vitamin B. Let me know if you have any hints on keeping skin from flaking wth the Taz. I will say this, though- I have used every foundation on record to cover my acne, and now i don't even have to wear foundation. Just thinking about it makes me happy!

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Posted 22 December 2006 - 03:12 AM

QUOTE(bride2be @ Dec 20 2006, 01:09 PM) View Post
Hi QueenG. I've actually been using Tazorac .1 cream for 6 weeks. Prior to that, like i said, I used tretionoin cream in the lowest possible strength. I used that for 3 months. Prior to that I tried all the topicals- alone, in combo, you name it. And YES, i not only broke out WORSE when I first started the Tazorac, to this day I still peel around my mouth and nose. However- it's hard to argue with the results. No break-outs other than the occasional rogue PMS spot, and for those I use Benziq. For face wash, I use a Chanel gel-cream that was recommended by a derm; however I have also found Cera Ve cleanser to be equally effective and ALOT cheaper. The key with the Taz is to keep your skin moist and protected- I use an Yves St. Laurent cream, but once again, have found the Cera Ve cream to be almost as good. They are both rich and moisturizing but not greasy. I also take fish oil supplement and lots of vitamin B. Let me know if you have any hints on keeping skin from flaking wth the Taz. I will say this, though- I have used every foundation on record to cover my acne, and now i don't even have to wear foundation. Just thinking about it makes me happy!



Im on the 0.1 gel now

been on it for 3 weeks

first time i applied it, it burned like holy hell for 1 hour. felt like my face was on fire. lol
next few nights it just stung for a few minutes,.
-first week it reduced my breakouts
-2nd week omg i stoped breaking out
-3rd week im on a IB again, lol shit man! its rollercoaster.

i had acne since i was 16 im 26 now. tried all the products out accept accutane ( last resort )

i feel your pain guys.